[ntp:questions] Re: GMT: UT1 vs UTC

David L. Mills mills at udel.edu
Fri Oct 31 04:45:36 UTC 2003


Sure. I got quoted for a soundbite on the local news radio station about
how computers deal with daylight/standard time switchine. I told the
interviewer computers didn't care, since they run on Universal
Coordinated Time (UTC). She was notably unimpressed. By the time I told
her about leapseconds, her microphone glazed over.


David J Taylor wrote:
> "David L. Mills" <mills at udel.edu> wrote in message
> news:3FA14136.D4CCCED9 at udel.edu...
> > Terje,
> >
> > If we ever had to give back a leapsecond, it would be a disaster. The
> > WWV/WWVB timecode has only a single bit to signal leap insertion and no
> > way to signal deletion. The GPS timecode has the UTC-GPS offset in
> > seconds, but the GPS receivers I have indicate only leap insertion. From
> > the ERTS data the rate of increase has flattened out over the past thre
> > years, which certainly gives me the willies, but my professional friends
> > tell me not to worry about it.
> >
> > Dave
> Dave - may I have your permission to quote your statement in an article
> about timekeeping on PCs that I have written?
> Thanks,
> David

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